A BLACK JESUS

92 minutes, 2020
Director: Luca LUCCHESI (Italy, Germany)
Production: Road Movies (Germany) in co-production with NDR (Germany)

In a small Italian town, a 19-year-old Ghanaian refugee asks to be one of the bearers of a black Jesus statue during the annual religious procession. The idea that he carries the icon alongside other (white) inhabitants divides the community.
The villagers find themselves forced to question their identity.

Having obtained a degree in law at Palermo, Luca LUCCHESI decided to combine his twin passions for justice and for stories by making films. Since 2009 he has worked with German director Wim Wenders as first assistant, editor and director of photography. He also collaborated with Hella Wenders on two documentaries “Berg Fidel” and “School, School – The time after Berg Fidel”. “Bachelor Party”, a short documentary film about love, was presented at the 2011 Cannes Critics’ Week. Luca Lucchesi lives in Berlin where he works as a freelance director, editor and cinematographer. “A Black Jesus” is his first feature film as a director.

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